Google expected to announce standalone Android VR device at I/O conference

Google expected to announce standalone Android VR device at I/O conference

It's beginning to look like Google will announce its own VR device, Android VR, which will operate as a standalone device without the need for a PC or mobile device.

An Android VR placeholder has been spotted by in Google's Play Developer Console by Android Police, and Engadget co-founder Peter Rojas has tweeted to say that such a device "will definitely be announced next week."

Through the grapevine

This is, of course, all rumour at the minute, with multiple conflicting opinions.

The Financial Times has reported that Google will release a VR device that requires a smartphone, while the Wall Street Journal believes Google will announce two different devices, one that requires a mobile device and one that does not.

The move would be the next step in Google stop-start approach to VR, which has been successful in the case of its Cardboard program but less us in the case of AR hardware Google Glass

Google's I/O conference is being held on May 18-20.

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